What We Believe
What Adventists Believe
The Adventist Church welcomes all people to their worship services. Formal membership includes being baptized by immersion, symbolizing our union with God, the forgiveness of sins, and our desire to enter into a new life. The most important function of the church is to demonstrate the love of God and to proclaim hope for people in a troubled world. Church membership is our way of declaring that we need God and each other if life is to be meaningful.
(Ezekiel 36:26; 1 John 4:7; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26)
(Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 33:6-9; Joshua 24:15)
(Genesis 3:8-11, 17-19)
(I Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 1:3-4; Matthew 25:34)
- The Gift of a New Life
- The Gift Giver: Perfect God, Perfect Man
- How Life Can Be Really Good
- God Listens When We Pray
(John 3:16; Romans 3:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Obedience to these commandments requires choice. When you love someone, you naturally choose to express your affection and appreciation. That’s how it is when you love God. Living the Christian life arises from gratitude to God and a desire to honor Him. And when we fall short of His plan for us, God reminds us that he offers forgiveness as a gift of grace through Jesus. In essence we choose to follow his instructions not to make God happy but because we are happy with God.
In addition to the Ten Commandments, we learn how to live from Jesus’ teachings and example. He teaches us to love God, to love each other and to love ourselves. He eagerly gives us the gift of His love to make such love possible.
(Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 10:13; John 10:10; John 13:34-35; John 14:15; 1 John 3:16)
Sometimes we don’t receive what we ask for, and that can be very difficult. We don’t always understand why our prayers aren’t answered as we wish, but through faith we can be absolutely sure that God loves us, has our best interests in mind, and is with us no matter what His answer may be. Like a loving parent God sometimes says, “No”, because he love us.
Too often our conversation with God is one-sided. It is important that we not only talk to God, but that we listen to Him as well. If we’re willing to listen, we can hear God’s voice through Bible study, through the still small voice of His Holy Spirit, through His created wonders in nature, and through our deepest human relationships.
(Psalm 55:22; Romans 12:12; Jeremiah 29:11-12; Psalm 119:10-11)
Why are Adventists so passionate about good health? The Bible says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? . . . For God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (I Corinthians 3:16-17) Enjoying a healthful diet, refraining from harmful substances, and getting adequate exercise, water and rest are very important ways to care for our body-temples. God has given us these instructions again to make certain that we have an abundant life.
(I Corinthians 10:31; 3 John 2; John 10:10)
The Sabbath is not an ordinary day for ordinary activities. The Sabbath is a day to put aside work, secular pursuits and self-interests — a day to shut out the clamor and pressures of everyday life to receive the needed gifts of peace and rest. God rested on the first Sabbath day, not because He was exhausted from His work of creation, but because He knew His weary children would need a day of rest. He started the life if mankind with rest and relationship with Him, to establish the vitality for them to work.
Celebrated from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, the Sabbath is a spiritual experience as well as a time of physical rest. During His earthly ministry, Jesus made it clear that the Sabbath was made for our benefit. It was not to be a burden or encumbered with unreasonable man-made rules. Jesus celebrated the Sabbath by attending the synagogue, healing the sick and spending time with those He loved.
(Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:27; John 5:1-16)
The Bible says Jesus will come in glory to deliver His people and to restore all things. Loved ones who have rested asleep in their graves will be called back to life to join us in our new home in a perfect world — a world free from pain, suffering and death. We don’t know all the details about heaven, but we believe it is a very real place. A place where people from every generation, every culture, and every nation on earth will experience everlasting life, love and joy in fellowship with one another and with our wonderful Lord.
(Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 21:3-4)